Product Review of Action Math Baseball
Action Math Baseball brings a fantasy baseball league to your middle school math classroom. Each student manages a different baseball team by building the team roster, computing and analyzing players’ statistical data, drafting and trading players, and arranging lineups. Once the teams are set up, simulated games are played, and the outcomes help inform the learners‘ next moves as managers.
Ratio and proportional reasoning, probability, and fluency with decimals and fractions are put to use when you’re synthesizing the stats and building the best teams possible. Seven lessons are included for educators to use with the program. Each lesson explains an element of the game, such as the free agent draft. Video tutorials and worksheets help guide learners through the process. The program can be used with a minimum of four learners and with a maximum of 30 in each league. Teachers can review progress via standards and league-wide reports.
Action Math Baseball is best used to complement your regular math curriculum. The class will need a foundation of knowledge before finding success with the program, since it covers fifth- to seventh-grade CCSS. Teachers could assign it as enrichment for learners ready for more of a challenge, or it can be used a few times a week with the whole class.
The program could make for an engaging homework project, with the site used alongside actual baseball statistics. Having learners compare the fantasy league with what’s happening in real Major League Baseball would create a strong connection to the classroom.
Students benefit from having multiple opportunities to solve real-world math problems. Action Math Baseball gives learners many chances to calculate and analyze meaningful statistics. By managing a baseball team, learners are applying their math skills within an engaging context.
Teachers should be prepared to give mini-lessons on the math concepts that pop up during the games, since Action Math Baseball is focused more on applying skills than teaching them. The website will appeal to learners with a love of baseball, but other kids may need a primer before playing; the program is rich in sports jargon. Tutorials for learners and educators are provided, but it takes many clicks to get to the information you need.
Overall User Consensus About the App
Students with a background in baseball will find the program inviting and engaging. Baseball novices may encounter a bigger learning curve.
Curriculum and Instruction
Provides a real-world context for ratio reasoning, probability, and other middle school math standards. Users are on a quest to create the best baseball team based on player stats.
Tutorials guide learners through the process of managing the baseball team. The website is full of baseball jargon that might be new and challenging for some learners. Teachers have access to printable lesson plans and resources.